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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Tennessee Shocks No. 1 Oklahoma State Women in D-I Super Regional Final; Top Eight Men's Seeds Advance to Stillwater, Two With 4-3 Victories; Jovic and Urhobo Meet Sunday in USTA Pro Circuit W75 in Zephyrhills Florida

The second and final day of the NCAA Division I Super Regionals ended with a stunning upset in the women's final match of the weekend. No. 16 Tennessee ended the perfect season of No. 1 Oklahoma State with a 4-2 victory in Stillwater, denying the Cowgirls the chance to compete on their home courts next weekend as the host the quarterfinals.

The match started well enough for Oklahoma State, taking the 1-0 lead with the doubles point, but just two games into singles they suffered a blow that would affect any team, when Lucia Peyre had to retire with a knee injury sustained in the match, giving former Oklahoma State player Alana Wolfberg the win at line 3.

Oklahoma State retook the lead when Ange Oby Kajuru defeated
Elza Tomase at line 2, but Tennessee had taken the first set in three matches, giving them a path, particularly when they earned a split at line 1 in the only remaining match in which Oklahoma State had taken a first set. 

Tennessee's Catherine Aulia defeated Safiya Carrington 6-4, 6-1 at line 4 to tie it at 2, and Esther Adeshina handed Kristina Novak her first loss of the season at line 6, with Adeshina's 6-3, 6-4 win giving the Volunteers a 3-2 lead.

In the two matches still going, Tennessee's Lauren Anzalotta had a set and a break lead over Ayumi Miyomoto at line 5, while Sofia Cabezas and Anastasiya Komar were trading breaks of serve in the third set at line 1. 

Cabezas served for the dual match at 5-4, but Komar broke back, while Anzalotta served for the dual match at 5-3, 40-30 in the second set, only to have Miyomoto save the two match points.

Cabezas broke again to serve for the dual match at 6-5 at line, but again she failed to get to a match point, and Miyamoto saved two more dual match points serving at 4-5.

Komar earned two match points at 6-4 in the third set tiebreaker at line 1, but Cabezas saved them, and by winning the last four points of the match, she rendered the outcome of the second set at line 5 moot. 

Oklahoma State had won five 4-3 matches, two of them saving dual match points along the way, so they were not facing this situation for the first time this year. But with Peyre's injury and an inspired performance by Tennessee, the Cowgirls have seen their dream of winning an NCAA title at home evaporate, and the first ever finals site in Stillwater will be less compelling with their elimination. Tennessee will be making its first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2010.

Although there were close matches, not one of the women's Super Regionals was decided 4-3, but we did get two in the men's Super Regionals, both today.

No. 8 seed Columbia will make their first appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals next Thursday after they defeated No. 9 seed Arizona 4-3, with Hugo Hashimoto getting the clinching win over Casper Christensen 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at line 5.

No. 7 Tennessee's win over No. 10 Florida State was even more dramatic, with Angel Diaz putting a second Tennessee team in the quarterfinals in Stillwater with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Youcef Rihane at line 4. Both players looked absolutely exhausted in the final set, but a costly double fault by Rihane at 5-all in the tiebreaker and a big first serve by Diaz delivered the victory. Tennessee, the No. 8 seed, had lost in Knoxville to No. 9 seed South Carolina last year, so this win was especially sweet.

Last year, the Top 7 seeds plus No. 9 South Carolina made the final site in Orlando; this year all Top 8 seeds have advanced in the men's draw. Two double-digit seeds have advanced in the women's draw.

Ohio State[1] v Columbia[8]
Kentucky[5] v TCU[4]
Virginia[3] v Wake Forest[6]
Tennessee[7] v Texas[2]

Tennessee[16] v UCLA[8]
Virginia[5] v Texas A&M[13]
Michigan[3] v Pepperdine[6]
Georgia[7] v Stanford[2]

Below are the results from today; Friday's results are here.

NCAA D-I Super Regional results Saturday May 11, 2024

Ohio State[1] d. Mississippi State[16] 4-1

1. Robert Cash and JJ Tracy(OSU) d. Petar Javanovic and Benito Sanchez Martinez(MSSt) 6-2
2. Carles Hernandez and Dusan Milanovic(MSST) d. Andrew Lutschaunig and Justin Boulais(OSU) 6-1
3. Cannon Kingsley and Jack Anthrop(OSU) d. Nemanja Malesevic and Michal Novansky(MSST) 6-2

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

1. Justin Boulais(OSU) d. Nemanja Malesevic(MSST) 6-1, 6-0
2. Petar Javanovic(MSST) d. Cannon Kingsley(OSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. JJ Tracy(OSU) v Carles Hernandez(MSST) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
4. Jack Anthrop(OSU) d. Benito Sanchez Martinez(MSST) 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Alexander Bernard(OSU) v Dusan Milanovic(MSST) 7-5, 6-7(3), unfinished
6. Robert Cash(OSU) d. Roberto Gerrer Guimaraes(MSST) 6-3, 6-2

Order of finish: 1, 6, 2, 4

Columbia[8] d. Arizona[9] 4-3

1. Colton Smith and Jay Friend(AZ) d. Theo Winegar and Michael Zheng(COL) 7-6(6)
2. Nicolas Kotzen and Max Westphal(COL) d. Herman Hoeyeraal and Eric Padgham(AZ) 7-5
3. Alex Kotzen and Henry Ruger(COL) d. Sasha Rozin and Gustaf Strom(AZ) 7-6(4)

Oder of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Michael Zheng(COL) d. Colton Smith(AZ) 6-4, 6-1
2. Alex Kotzen(COL) d. Jay Friend(AZ) 2-6 6-3, 6-3
3. Gustaf Strom(AZ) d, Nicholas Kotzen(COL) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
4. Herman Hoeyeraal(AZ) d. Max Westphal(COL) 7-6(0), 6-3 
5. Hugo Hashimoto(COL) d. Casper Christensen(AZ) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Nick Lagaev(AZ) d. Henry Ruger(COL) 6-4, 6-4

Order of finish: 1, 2, 4, 6, 3, 5

Kentucky[5] d. Harvard[12] 4-2

1. Joshua Lapadat and JJ Mercer(UK) d. Daniel Milavsky and Cooper Williams(HAR) 6-3
2. Taha Baadi and Jack Loutit(UK) d. Melchior Delloye and Ronan Jachuck(HAR) 6-4
3. Eli Stephenson and Jaden Weekes(UK) v Masato Perera and Henry von der Schulenburg(HAR) 6-5, unfinished

Order of finish: 2, 1

1, Taha Baadi(UK) d.  Cooper Williams(HAR) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
2. Henry von der Schulenburg(HAR) d. Joshua Lapadat(UK) 7-5, 6-4
3. Daniel Milavsky(HAR) d. Jaden Weekes(UK) 6-0, 6-2
4. Charlelie Cosnet(UK) d. Ronan Jachuck(HAR) 6-4, 7-5
5. Rohan Murali(HAR) v Jack Loutit(UK) 5-7, 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
6. Eli Stephenson(UK) d. Masato Perera(HAR) 6-1, 7-5

Order of finish: 3, 6, 4, 2, 1

Tennessee[7] d. Florida State[10] 4-3

1. Johannus Monday and Angel Diaz(TENN) v Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc and Joshua Dous Karpenschif(FSU) 6-6, unfinished
2. Loris Pourroy and Youcef Rihane(FSU) d. Shunsuke Mitsui and Filip Pieczonka(TENN) 7-5
3. Jamie Connel and Alex Bulte(FSU) d. Filip Apltauer and James Newton(TENN) 7-6(5)

Order of finish: 2, 3

1. Johannus Monday(TENN) d. Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc(FSU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Shunsuke Mitsui(TENN) d. Loris Pourroy(FSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Filip Pieczonka(TENN) d. Jamie Connel(FSU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
4. Angel Diaz(TENN) d. Youcef Rihane(FSU) 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(5)
5. Joshua Dous Karpenschif(FSU) d. Filip Apltauer(TENN) 6-4, 6-4
6. Alex Bulte(FSU) d. James Newton(TENN) 6-4, 6-2

Order of finish: 2, 6, 5, 1, 3, 4

TCU[4] d. Duke[13] 4-0

1. Jake Fearnley and Pedro Vives(TCU) d. Garrett Johns and Pedro Rodenas(DUKE) 6-2
2. Sebastian Gorzny and Jack Pinnington Jones(TCU) d. Michael Heller and Andrew Zhang(DUKE) 7-5
3. Duncan Chan and Lui Maxted(TCU) v Faris Khan and Teddy Truwit(DUKE) 5-5, unfinished

Order of finish: 1, 2

1. Jack Pinnington Jones(TCU) d. Garrett Johns(DUKE) 6-2, 6-1
2. Jake Fearnley(TCU) d. Pedro Rodenas(DUKE) 6-2, 6-0
3. Pedro Vives(TCU) v Andrew Zhang(DUKE) 7-5, unfinished
4. Connor Krug(DUKE) v Sebastian Gorzny(TCU) 6-4, 0-1, unfinished
5. Lui Maxted(TCU) d. Faris Khan(DUKE) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alexander Visser(DUKE) v Tomas Jirousek(TCU) 6-5, unfinished

Order of finish: 2, 1, 5


Virginia[5] d. Vanderbilt 4-1

1. Melodie Collard and Elaine Chervinsky(UVA) v Celia-Belle Mohr and Holly Staff(VAN) 6-6, unfinished
2. Natasha Subhash and Hibah Shaikh(UVA) d. Bridget Stammel and Valeria Ray(VAN) 7-5
3. Sarah Ziodato and Meggie Navarro(UVA) d. Anessa Lee and Amy Stevens(VAN) 6-1

Order of finish: 3, 2, 

1. Celia-Belle Mohr(VAN) d. Hibah Shaikh(UVA)  4-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Annabelle Xu(UVA) v Bridget Stammel(VAN) 6-2, 3-6, 3-1, unfinished
3. Natasha Subhash(UVA) d. Valeria Ray(VAN) 6-3, 6-2
4. Sarah Ziodato(UVA) v Anessa Lee(VAN) 7-6(2), 3-6, 1-1, unfinished
5. Elaine Chervinsky(UVA) d. Holly Staff(VAN) 6-1, 6-2
6. Melodie Collard(UVA) d. Amy Stevens(VAN) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: 5, 3, 1, 6

Michigan[3] d. Miami 4-0

1. Kari Miller and Jaedan Brown(MICH) d. Xinyi Nong and Isabella Pfenning(MIA) 6-1
2. Audrey Boch-Collins and Alexa Noel(MIA) d. Piper Charney and Reese Miller(MICH)  6-3
3. Julia Fliegner and Lily Jones(MICH) v Leonie Schuknecht and Maria Paula Vargas(MIA) 6-4

Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Alexa Noel(MIA) v Kari Miller(MICH) 7-6(11), unfinished
2. Julia Fliegner(MICH) d. Isabella Pfenning(MIA) 6-1, 6-0
3. Gala Mesochoritou(MICH) d. Leonie Schuknecht(MIA) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
4. Jaedan Brown(MICH) v Audrey Boch-Collins(MIA) 6-4, 3-5, unfinished
5. Lily Jones(MICH) v Xinyi Nong(MIA) 4-6, 6-3, 1-1, unfinished
6. Piper Charney(MICH) d. Maria Paula Vargas(MIA) 6-1, 6-0

Order of finish: 6, 2, 3

Tennessee[16] d. Oklahoma State[1] 4-2

1. Anastasiya Komar and Ange Oby Kajuru(OSU) d. Elza Tomase and Sofia Cabezas(TENN) 6-4
2. Alana Wolfberg and Esther Adeshina(TENN) d. Ayumi Miyamoto and Raquel Gonzalez(OSU) 6-3
3. Safiya Carrington and Kristina Novak(OSU) d. Catherine Aulia and Lauren Anzalotta(TENN) 6-4

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Sofia Cabezas(TENN) d. Anastasiya Komar(OSU) 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(6)
2. Ange Oby Kajuru(OSU) d. Elza Tomase(TENN) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alana Wolfberg(TENN) d. Lucia Peyre(OSU) 2-0, ret. 
4. Catherine Aulia(TENN) d. Safiya Carrington(OSU) 6-4, 6-1 
5. Lauren Anzalotta(TENN) v Ayumi Miyamoto(OSU) 7-6(3), 5-6, unfinished
6. Esther Adeshina(TENN) d. Kristina Novak(OSU) 6-4, 6-3

Order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 6, 1

Sixteen-year-old wild card Iva Jovic and 17-year-old qualifier Akasha Urhobo will meet in the final of the USTA Pro Circuit W75 tournament in Zephyrhills Florida Sunday at 11 a.m.

Jovic got her second consecutive victory over WTA Top 100 player Kayla Day in today's semifinals, defeating the No. 1 seed 6-2, 6-3. Jovic had beaten Day in the first round of W100 in Bonita Springs last week 6-2, 6-4.

Urhobo advanced to the final when No. 7 seed Hanna Chang retired after losing the first set 6-4. 

Jovic and Urhobo, both semifinalists at last December's Orange Bowl, haven't played before, with Urhobo not competing regularly on the ITF Junior Circuit. Both have been in Pro Circuit finals, with Jovic winning a W35 last fall in Redding California. Urhobo reached her first Pro Circuit final last month, losing to Liv Hovde in Boca Raton. 

In the doubles final today, unseeded Justina Mikulskyte(Kentucky) and Christina Rosca(Vanderbilt) claimed the title, beating No. 3 seeds Anna Rogers(NC State) and Alana Smith(NC State) 6-4, 6-4.